About the Book
Book: All In
Author: L.K. Simonds
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release date: May 7, 2019
Cami Taylor: a blackjack dealer, a bestselling author, and a fraud. Cami’s boyfriend, Joel, loves her in spite of her flaws. He wants to marry her, buy a house on Long Island, and raise a family–a life that’s a million miles from Cami’s idea of happiness. Her therapist suggests compromise and trust, but Cami bolts like a deer. She breaks off the relationship and launches on a new quest for happiness, not knowing that a nasty surprise waits around the corner. What follows is a fight to the death. Who will be the one left standing?
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This was a heavy read. Not in that it was boring or without merit, far from it, actually, but in that Cami’s character is so agnostic, and her behavior so deeply ingrained in acts that gamble her very life, made the reading uncomfortable.
Cami’s spiritual journey doesn’t quite begin until halfway through the book, and even once it does begin, it’s a plodding pace. Which it should be. Cami is not one who will be led to Christ through any old means, and her concerns take many pages to iron out. I don’t hold that against her.
What’s important is the journey itself. And what a journey.
This is not your average book, and that is a blessing.
Cami is dealing with a lot of problems relevant to today’s society. Combining a mixture of alcohol, drugs, and sex, along with the consequences of those three, into a Christian Fiction book could have gone horribly wrong. L.K. Simonds keeps your mind out of the gutter while forcing you to see the deep hurt within Cami.
Every decision has a consequence, as Cami is about to learn.
The truth hurts. While she might write herself a new story, only God can erase the pain harbored deeply in Cami’s soul. Cami is the type of character who breathes with real life. Her actions are heartbreakingly familiar and something I’ve seen in person.
While I might have had a few headbutts with some of the theology, I certainly don’t begrudge All In for the viewpoints expressed. We’re all allowed an opinion.
And although I cannot recommend this book for everyone as it would be too difficult for some younger readers to understand, if you don’t mind a little hard truth about the darker side of life, I encourage you to read this one.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
L. K. Simonds is a Fort Worth local. She has worked as a waitress, KFC hostess, telephone marketer, assembly-line worker, nanny, hospital lab technician, and air traffic controller. She’s an instrument-rated pilot and an alumna of Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas. All In is her first novel.
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How I came to write ALL IN.
Back in the 1990s, I was vacationing in NYC with my buddies. We got out the phonebook—as we always did while traveling—to see how many people with our last names were listed. In that thick Manhattan phonebook was one listing for a person with the same name as my friend’s. Two initials and a surname, as a single woman might’ve listed her number back in those days. The address was only a few blocks from our Midtown hotel, and we joked about calling to see if she was a long-lost cousin, who might take us to her favorite shops and restaurants.
We didn’t call, but the “what if?” stuck with me. What if you did call? What if the person you called was in crisis? Or about to face a crisis? What if that serendipitous phone call resulted in a friendship that became a lifeline? That notion was the inception of ALL IN.
ALL IN is my first offering as a novelist—my best writing to date. I hope you enjoy it!